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Human cannonball killed.

HUNDREDS of people including many young children looked on in horror as a "human cannonball" stuntman plunged to his death at a daredevil show.

The 23-year-old man died after a safety net failed during the Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show at the Kent County Showground in Detling yesterday afternoon.

Witnesses estimated that the stuntman had been launched 30 to 40ft into the air by the cannon. The safety net lay flat on the ground as he fell head-first to his death.

A Kent Police spokesman said yesterday: ''A man taking part in a human cannonball event this afternoon has died after it is believed a safety net failed to engage. He was taken to Maidstone General Hospital but died shortly afterwards. His next-of-kin have been informed but he has yet to be formally identified.'' Scott May's Daredevil Stuntshow has been touring in the UK since 1991 and features motorbike and monster trunk stunts.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2011
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